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Jamie Mann's Blog

 

Long time video game player, starting with the ZX Spectrum back in 1985 and continuing throughout the 16-bit era (Amiga, Genesis) and straight through to this day (Xbox 360, Wii, etc). Key interests: tracing video game evolution and history, critical analysis of game design, game industry economics and the experimental side of the indie games scene. Now working as telecoms manager/developer with the following personal websites: http://www.caffeinated.org.uk/ - ZX Spectrum game reviews and general website http://www.xboxindiegames.co.uk/ - Xbox Live Indie game reviews - over 1600 games reviewed!

 

Member Blogs

Posted by Jamie Mann on Mon, 12 Mar 2012 02:09:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
The UK's Game Group is struggling to get finance: what does this mean for UK gamers?


Posted by Jamie Mann on Tue, 06 Sep 2011 05:43:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
How can you best tell a story within a videogame?


Posted by Jamie Mann on Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:30:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
A look back at the use-cases Nintendo has suggested for the Wii U


Posted by Jamie Mann on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:29:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
A quick look at console lifecycles...


Posted by Jamie Mann on Thu, 09 Jun 2011 05:34:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
Or: wot I got right, wot I got wrong and what the implications are...


Posted by Jamie Mann on Thu, 26 May 2011 07:34:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
Nintendo has seen record success with the Wii and DS. Can they repeat this success with the followups to these machines?



Jamie Mann's Comments

Comment In: [News - 04/02/2014 - 11:19]

Hmm. It 'll be interesting ...

Hmm. It 'll be interesting to see where this goes. To summarise the key points from a gaming perspective: r na The remote control uses bluetooth, so doesn 't need line-of-sight r nb The remote control has a microphone in it, but doesn 't appear to have any motion-control capabilities, ...

Comment In: [News - 05/16/2013 - 10:57]

Not really. All of the ...

Not really. All of the games in this bundle have been around for a while, and the developers have presumably/hopefully long since recouped the development costs. As such, there 's no real risk in trying a new distribution channel: any revenue from this will be pure profit. r n r ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/23/2013 - 08:35]

... and that 's the ...

... and that 's the incongruity in Dead Space 's spinal health monitor

Comment In: [News - 04/11/2013 - 10:47]

I 've been looking for ...

I 've been looking for a SFF PC to use as a general media-box under the TV Android/Rasp Pi aren 't quite up to the job . A quick check on Ebay shows I can pick up a dual-core Athlon 64 machine with 3gb of ram and an ATi X300 ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/21/2013 - 01:23]

It 's a bit off-topic, ...

It 's a bit off-topic, but I have to disagree with the statement about Wikipedia: for anything even vaguely controversial, there 's a good chance that articles can be either biased or censored/watered down. It 's certainly a good place to start, but it 's always a good idea to ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/07/2013 - 09:14]

Generally, there 's several fundamental ...

Generally, there 's several fundamental issues with the achievement name: r n1 It 's very american-centric - and worse, it 's only funny/appealing to young males r n2 It 's sexist r n3 It 's not appropriate for the context r n r nThere 's plenty of alternatives which could ...